Our small groups meet at various times and places all around the county and provide a place for you to Connect, Grow, and Produce! Small groups are also where we pray, care for one another, and discuss the issues and challenges of life. If you would like to join a small group, feel free to contact one of our small group leaders.

Dick & Jeannette Evans
6155 Zion Rd. NW -Rushville
Jeannette Ph: 614-271-7070 Email:
Dick Ph: 614-271-5050

Terry & Vickie Gordon
4500 Avalon Rd. -Rushville
Vickie Ph: 740-503-7615 Email:

Kenny and Olivia Hurst
562 Stump Hollow Rd -Lancaster
Kenny Ph: 740-438-4667

Larry & Patty Matheny
742 Pennsylvania Ave -Lancaster
Larry Ph: 740-974-9823 Patty Ph: 740-407-9198

Tim & Betty Shugert
1022 Charles St. -Logan
Tim Ph: 740-385-4513

Bryan & Sharon Letner
9767 Lithopolis Rd. NW Canal Winchester, OH 43110
(614) 554-4833

Jim & Tina Gang
1629 Beacon St. Lancaster, Oh 43130
Tina Ph: 740-808-0116
(Home Group Leader & Discipleship Training)


Pathways is a three-week class with the sole purpose of helping newcomers to get to know The River a little better. Connect, Grow, Produce. These are the three elements that we believe are vital to becoming a growing and thriving member of the Body of Christ. Our Pathways class offers the information and experiences necessary to help you discover and develop your redemptive purpose.

CONNECT: This class is the basic introduction to our church family. Since we have members from many different church backgrounds, this class was designed to clearly explain who we are and what we believe. In this week, you will learn our heart, our Structure and our hope for you.

GROW: Life-giving habits result from the simple disciplines of establishing a plan of action, making those actions a priority, and involving other people in the process. The goal of this class is to outline the building blocks of spiritual growth necessary to develop spiritual maturity and stay passionately in love with Jesus.

PRODUCE: We believe that EVERY member has been uniquely gifted and called and that each member can become fitly joined to the body of Christ by serving in the areas of their gifting and calling. This segment of study is focused on helping new members define that gift and call and to introduce the ministry opportunities available at The River. Serving is often where we find ourselves the most fulfilled and it is also when we are the most like Christ.

Pathways Classes for all NEW MEMBERS start Sunday, March 11, 2018.  Classes will be held during service.


Paula Bishop (740) 654-3210
Children's Ministry
Lindsay Bishop (740) 974-2036
Cleaning Ministry
Cindy Teagarden (740) 590-4977
Tina Gang (740) 808-0116
Events Coordinator
Lindsay Bishop (740) 974-2036
Greeter Ministry
Dick Evans (740) 743-2268
Hands of the River
Lindsay Bishop (740) 974-2036
Healing Ministry
Mike & Cindy Teagarden (740) 517-1640
Helps Ministry
Dave Kiner (614) 266-1251
Jim Lipka (740) 503-3226
Media & Sound Ministry
Jim Gang (740) 215-9029
Men's Ministry
Paul Bishop (740) 974-6172
Don & Christine Gallagan (614) 402-9791
Prison Outreach/ROPHEKA Connection
Tim & Ginger Reed (740) 582-0825
Bill & Barb Letner (614) 295-4260
Praise Team
Paula Bishop (740) 654-3210
Prayer Team
Paula Bishop (740) 654-3210
Small Group Coordinators
Jim & Tina Gang (740) 808-0116
Dick & Jeannette Evans (740) 743-2268
Mike & Cindy Teagarden (740) 517-1640
Sports Coordinator
Kenny Hurst (740) 438-4667
Bryan Letner (614) 554-4833
Ushering Team
Jim Lipka (740) 503-3226
Bob Hosler (740) 274-9290
Women's Ministry
Jeri Kiner (740) 746-8075
Young Adults
Mark & Stephanie Howes (740) 654-7017
Dave & Jeri Kiner (614) 266-1251
Rod & Debbie Williams (740) 689-1704
Jack & Betsy Schumacher (740) 689-9087


The subject of water baptism in the scriptures is probably one of the most studied, yet the least understood of all the doctrines of the New Testament Church. We modern day Christians tend to complicate the simple in order to impress others. The goal of this booklet is to simplify the concept of baptism so that anyone who is thirsty for a relationship with Jesus Christ would be able to
follow and obey what He has commanded.